The gender imbalance in the technology sector is well-documented, with the percentage of women in tech leadership standing at only 12% while the proportion of women across tech teams as a whole tracks at a little under a quarter.
In 2012 the Queen announced government plans to improve parental leave, allowing parents to share maternity/paternity leave. At the time, some business leaders were concerned these flexible ideas were bad for business. In 2014, retail vouchers and healthcare benefits were prioritised as family-friendly benefits. More recently organisations have introduced advanced Child-friendly policies, but even in 2018 ideas were still in their infancy.
In recent years the desire for sustainable products has skyrocketed. Nielsen studies show that 66 percent of consumers would spend more on a product from a sustainable brand, and 81 percent of global consumers feel that organisations should operate more sustainably.
Individuals, brands, businesses, and even whole countries have begun to put the planet's needs before their own. Tech giants such as Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 and, ahead of the world's most significant climate change summit, we heard the Queen and Greta Thunberg's disdain for ‘talking shops.’
The conference was billed as a moment that would go down in the history books and save the habitat for future generations. But not all countries met the level of ambition expected. The Glasgow Climate pact has put more pressure on nations to commit to actions more in line with the Paris Agreement by 2030.
Most of Western Europe and North America will pull the plug on financial support for overseas fossil fuel projects by this time next year. Many nations also agreed to accelerate their plans to phase down unabated coal power and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Six of the world’s leading car manufacturers (Volvo, Ford Motors, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BYD and Land Rover) said they would stop making fossil fuel-based vehicles by 2040.
The failure of wealthy countries to mobilise funds was a consistent theme throughout the conference. However, a new agreement will see established nations compensate vulnerable countries affected by rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions.
According to experts, if implemented, the agreements made at the congress will prevent rising atmospheric altitude, but it may not decrease to the desired level. As we have seen with the Paris Agreement, there is no guarantee that each country will carry out their commitment; it is down to us as individuals to pledge our allegiance to the planet.
Here is a quick reminder of how you can reduce your carbon emissions.
The Harvey Nash Group, a leading global provider of talent and technology solutions, published its Digital Leadership survey results earlier this month. As part of the group, Crimson is a contributor to the report.
The 2021 Digital Leadership Report is the world’s largest and longest-running senior technology decision-makers survey. Launched in 1998 and previously called the CIO Survey, it has been an influential and respected indicator of significant trends in technology and digital for over two decades. This year a survey of over 2,100 digital leaders took place between 8th July 2021 and 11th October 2021, across 87 countries. In the UK, 823 digital leaders were surveyed.
During the last 12 months, we have seen demand spike for tech professionals as investment in IT skyrocketed to enable agility, meet customer demand, and provide new products and services. However, candidates have had a monopoly over the market with so many new opportunities, and many organisations have faced ‘The Great Resignation’. The Digital Leadership survey found that four in ten employers are struggling to retain their employees, and only one in three (38 percent) of organisations have revisited their employee offer to make it more attractive.
Aside from attracting skilled candidates’ digital leaders cannot find the talent they need. Even though more than half of the professionals surveyed said they were looking to hire regardless of location, 66 percent admitted they could not keep pace with technology trends because of a lack of skilled individuals. For example, the demand for Developers is extraordinarily high; in fact, it’s in the same league as HGV drivers and Nurses. As a result, more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) said they would be offering more apprenticeships to help plug the skills gap.
Let’s take a look at some more of the headlines from the much-anticipated report;
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October is menopause awareness month and, since the ground-breaking Davina McCall documentary, ‘Sex Myths and the Menopause’, there has been a huge increase in menopause coverage. More women have shared their experiences, the medical curriculum has been challenged, and employers are stepping up to provide information and support. The documentary touched on the misconceptions surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), leading to only one in ten women opting for (HRT) and the misdiagnosis of depression. Nine out of ten women will experience menopausal symptoms; however, there are 40 plus symptoms meaning everyone’s experience is different.